(Hebrews 12: 1 – 17)
Fanny J. Crosby was a renowned Poet and Hymn writer who became blind when she was only six weeks old but against all odds and through her faith in Christ, she became one of the greatest hymn writers the world has ever known. Abraham Lincoln overcame many obstacles before becoming the president of America. Joseph, David, Daniel and many other Bible characters encountered many challenges in life before fulfilling their destiny. If you are going through any of life’s trials at the moment, I want to let you know that God is able to see you through. What do we do when life’s challenges come?
1. Look unto Jesus: In Heb.12: 1–4. The Bible informs us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as we run the race of life and because of this, we should look unto Jesus who is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Jesus gave us an example of how to endure life’s trials because dying on Cross to pay the penalty for our sin was the ultimate example of overcoming a trial. As we focus our attention on Jesus, he gives us His presence and His grace to help us in our moments of affliction.
2. Focus on your Goal:
Joseph was a given a dream by God to become a leader. Along the journey
of his life he had many obstacles but through the help of God and by
focusing on his goal, he was able to overcome.
3. Seek for Help: In times of trial and tribulation, it is okay to seek for the help of God and that of others. The Bible says in Ps. 46: 1 that God is our Refuge and Strength, and our very present help in times of trouble. David encountered many problems in life but he always cried out to God for help. We also can do the same. Joseph also solicited the help of the butler while he was in the jail.
4. Endure the Pain: The Bible says in Ps. 30: 5 that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Jesus endured the pain of the Cross, Joseph, Paul and Silas endured the pain of imprisonment. We are also called to endure the pain that comes with trial because when we do, we will overcome.
5. Encourage Yourself: In Heb. 12: 12, the Bible says “wherefore lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees.” God wants us to encourage ourselves in the Lord when trials come. David encouraged himself in the Lord when he was confronted and threatened by his men (I Sam. 30: 6 – 8).
6. Be at Peace with Yourself: God says we should follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man will see the Lord (Heb. 12: 14). We must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with others.
7. Depend on God’s Grace: We need God’s grace in times of trouble to help us overcome. Paul prayed to God to remove his trouble but God said to him “my grace is sufficient for you” (II Cor.12:9). His strength is perfected in our weakness